OXI Greeks vote for democracy and hope and end to austerity

OXI 61% NAI 39%

OXI 61% NAI 39%

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour. — Aristotle

I send nothing but love to my friends and all people in Greece. Stay strong. — Rudolf Schenker

“In 24h we COULD have an agreement”, I said. But our toxic media rushed to report that I predicted an agreement within 24h. Go figure! — Yanis Varoufakis

For the first time in Eurozone history, people power has happened. — Paul Mason

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has a lot more leverage to negotiate with the EU leaders after the Greece Referendum result. — Bianca Jagger

Today we celebrate the victory of democracy. Tomorrow, we will all continue our national effort to reach an agreement. — Alexis Tsipras

I want to thank the thousands of people who went out on the streets in major European cities in solidarity with the people of Greece. — Alexis Tsipras

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. — Greek Proverb

The threats and intimidation by the EU failed.

Threats and intimidation by Greek oligarchs and a corrupt elite failed

Greeks overcame fear, did not capitulate under economic terrorism.

Had Alexis Tsipras and  signed what EU tried to force them to sign, it would have been more soul destroying austerity for Greece.

Alexis Tsipras and  have said, enter into fair discussions, reschedule debt in order that it will be paid back, but what we will not do, is punish the poor of this country.

Lies and propaganda the mainstream media helped spread, but it was countered by social media, this blog for a week countered the lies and propaganda.

What would the day bring?

Last night in the centre of Athens singing of Bella ciao, an Italian partisan song that originated during the Italian civil war (a conflict which led to the death of Benito Mussolini and to the collapse of the Fascist regime in Italy). It is sung worldwide as an anthem of freedom and resistance.

Early afternoon, a friend in Athens told me all her tutors, all her friends had voted no. There was hope.

Alexis Tsipras called a referendum.  He was attacked by the EU for doing so. It is called democracy. He said the terms on the table were not acceptable, he asked for a mandate from the Greek people. The Greek people have responded with a resounding NO, the terms from the EU were unacceptable.

Even those who voted YES, they do not support austerity or the EU, but they were fearful of even worse to come, the wrath of the EU being brought down upon Greece for daring to oppose the wishes of the EU. And we have already heard threats that Greece will be kicked out of the euro kicked out of the EU.

The usual garbage from The Sun, Greece descends into anarchy.

Athens tonight, joy on the streets.  But it will not be an easy ride. The full wrath of the EU will be brought down upon the Greek people.

Tis dikaiosynis ilie noite is composed by the legendary Mikis Theodorakis and its lyrics are taken from a poem written in 1949 by Odysseas Elytis.

Dramatic, inspirational and optimistic, it has became a symbol of Greece healing it’s wounds. The song became a hymn for the Greeks after the establishment of democracy in 1974 — a song representing their desire for freedom and progress.

We must all show solidarity with the Greek people.

Whatever the result, oxi has won. In one dramatic week, like the referendum debate in Scotland, it has engaged people, the genie is out of the bottle, there is no going back.

The flame of hope burns bright tonight in Athens. We must not let EU cruelly extinguish this flame, as try they will. Like the Olympic Flame, it must be carried across Europe setting other flames of hope alight.

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